Claire Longland

Claire Longland

Claire Longland

Solicitor

Claire represents parents in a wide variety of private and public law cases concerning children and specialises in representing parents and other family members in care proceedings. She is a member of The Law Society’s Children Law Accreditation scheme

Claire has experience representing parties in complex care proceedings including those involving international elements (where the child may be placed abroad either with a parent or a family member), where non-accidental injury of the chid has been alleged, where there are disputed allegations of domestic violence, where a parent’s learning disability is the main concern and where there are issues concerning mental health and drug misuse.

In addition Claire regularly advises parents where the local authority has concerns about a child but have not made an application to Court, including attending Public Law Outline meetings with parents.

Claire also acts in cases involving disputes in respect of the living and contact arrangements for children, including those involving domestic abuse.

Claire is an effective and highly competent advocate and regularly undertakes her own advocacy. Many of Claire’s client’s are extremely vulnerable and have found themselves involved in court proceedings for the first time, her calm, and sensitive handling of their cases helps to reassure and support them through this difficult time in their lives.

Areas of specialism:

Public children law

Private children law

Domestic violence

Panel Memberships: The Law Society's Children Law accreditation scheme

Notable cases/Awards:

Re S (a child) [2012] Lawtel/AC9201031

Claire was 10/10 always on time/ready, always aimed for the top result, very efficient, friendly, professional

Claire did an excellent job